9 Polish Buildings at the World Architecture Festival 2016
small, 9 Polish Buildings at the World Architecture Festival 2016, Jordanki Cultural and Congress Centre in Toruń, photo: Małgorzata Replińska, ckk-jordanki-1-fot-malgorzata-replinska.jpg
From 16th to 18th November 2016, Berlin will host the World Architecture Festival. One of its highlights will be a selection of the most interesting buildings of the year. As many as 9 buildings from Poland have been short-listed in this edition.
The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has been organised annually since 2008. It started in Barcelona while many of its later editions were held in Singapore. In 2016, for the first time in many years, the organisers decided to move the festival to another city – Berlin, where all discussions, conferences, meetings, workshops, and exhibitions, as well as the awards ceremony, will take place.
The event attracts architects, critics, and curators from all over the world. Its organisers say:
WAF is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange, and be inspired.
Each year, thousands of buildings compete for the World Building of the Year title. For the 2016 edition the jurors have selected 343 buildings from 68 countries. The nominees will compete for awards in the categories of Completed Building and Future Project. Within these two categories, there are a number of sub-categories (e.g. Culture, Sport, Commercial, House, Religion). The 2016 shortlist features 343 buildings. The festival jury (whose members include winners of past editions) will analyse them during the festival and will select the winners of the World Building of the Year and Future Project of the Year awards. All short-listed buildings designs will be showcased at a special exhibition accompanying the festival.
A number of Polish projects have been short-listed in the festival before, e.g. the All-year-round Sports and Leisure Centre in Olsztyn by Lake Ukiel designed by Dżus GK Architects (2015). This is, however, the first time that the festival shortlist has featured so many buildings from Poland – seven completed buildings and two future projects. The latter category is represented by KAMJZ Architects' eco-friendly filling station and the project by the English atelier Flanagan Lawrence which won the architectural design competition for a conversion of the Summer Theatre in Szczecin.
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World Building of the Year
Future Project of the Year
living garden house
Cultural and Congress Centre
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The dialogue centre PRZEŁOMY
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All-year-round Sports and Leisure Center
Three houses which have been built in Poland will also compete for the World Building of the Year title: the Field House in Głogów by Blank Architects as well as Konieczny’s Ark (Robert Konieczny's own house in Brenna) and his Living Garden House in Izbica, in addition to his Dialogue Centre Upheavals in Szczecin, which has been short-listed in the Culture sub-category, next to two other buildings: the Jordanki Cultural and Congress Centre in Toruń by Menis Arquitects and the Silesian Museum in Katowice by Riegler Riewe Architekten. The Wrocław residential complex consisting of the Kurkowa 14 apartment building and the Dubois 41 office building by Maćków Pracownia Projektowa (editor’s translation: Maćków Project Atelier) has also been short-listed in the Mixed Use sub-category.
The winners will be announced during the closing ceremony. The festival will be held from 16th to 18th November 2016.
All short-listed building can be viewed at www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/2016-shortlist
Sources: press materials, written by AC, translated by EP, August 2016